Former Tottenham Hotspur forward Jermain Defoe’s move to the MLS came as a surprise to many, considering it is World Cup year. The Englishman has gained a reputation for his eye for goal and has already opened his account with Toronto FC. Defoe needed just 7 minutes and three touches to score twice on his debut for the club, both well composed finishes, lifting his club to a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders. Defoe’s heroics coupled with Tottenham’s recent struggles, begs the question as to whether Spurs let him go too soon?
During a time when Tottenham’s front line aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders, you would be hard pressed to find a case against Defoe. While Emmanuel Adebayor has had patches of good form, scoring 11 goals in 17 appearances, new signings Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela have so far failed to impress on a consistent basis. Soldado has a decent return of 11 league goals, however six of them came from the penalty spot, while Lamela has so far managed to score just one in what has been a difficult campaign for the Argentine. Surely, Defoe’s goal scoring prowess is sorely missed at White Hart Lane?
During his two stints at the club, Defoe struck 90 goals in 274 appearances in the league, endearing himself to the Tottenham faithful. He joined the club in 2004, as a promising 21-year-old from West Ham. He scored on his debut, helping Tottenham to a 4-3 win over Portsmouth. Defoe would go on to add six more in his debut season, notching seven in 15 matches. He would contribute a decent return for Tottenham, scoring 43 in 139 appearances, until he was loaned and eventually sold to Portsmouth in 2008. He would return to Tottenham just one year later and went on to score 47 goals in 135 appearances, most most of which came from a supporting role.
The decision to cut Defoe loose was met with disdain by some sections of the Tottenham supporters, and if he continues his goal scoring form for Toronto, questions will surely be raised as to why he was released. You can catch Defoe’s debut here…